COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 99
May 7, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Surveys For Paraprofessionals and Teachers Who Supervise Paraprofessionals


  The Virginia Department of Education requests your
  assistance and that of your faculty and staff in
  disseminating surveys to appropriate personnel.  The
  training and supervision of paraprofessionals are
  required as part of Virginia's plan for implementing the
  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of
  1997. The information from these surveys is needed to
  assist the Department of Education in planning
  professional development activities related to such
  training.

  All building principals in your school division are
  requested to distribute the Paraprofessional Needs
  Assessment Survey to persons serving as
  paraprofessionals.  The other survey, Responses Regarding
  Paraprofessional Needs Survey, is to be distributed to
  those individuals who are responsible for training and
  supervising paraprofessionals.  Each survey should take
  approximately 10 minutes to complete. The principals may
  photocopy the surveys or request additional copies by
  contacting Sandra Aldrich at (804)225-2096 or e-mail
  saldrich@pen.k12.va.us.

  Funds have been allocated in Virginia's State Improvement
  Plan to support training activities.  Bridgewater College
  is sponsoring an initial statewide session on July 12-14,
  1999.  

  Thank you for your assistance.  If you have questions,
  please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Aldrich, office
  of special education personnel development, (804)225-2096. 

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  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
               ment will be sent to the superintendent's
               office.